Light Bulb Moments 2

Here at East Midlands Trains we’re working hard to demystify the dark art of train travel.

See our light bulb moments from East Midlands Trains below:


Book early, pay less

Advance tickets are the cheapest train tickets you can buy, and the earlier you book, the more you can save. They cover a one-way journey and (as the name suggests) you need to buy them before you travel. But you've got to be quick, as we only have a limited number of these cheaper tickets available.

Advance train tickets are available on our London route and Liverpool to Norwich services and are generally available 12 weeks ahead of journey dates. In certain circumstances some trains may be unavailable.

Find out more about our Advanced tickets here


Best price ticket alerts

Keen to book Advance tickets that aren't available yet? You don't need to keep coming back to check, simply sign up for email alerts and we'll let you know as soon as Advance tickets on your chosen route become available. Be the first to know when our cheapeast tickets are available.

click here to sign up

Find out more about Ticket Alerts here


Go paperless with m-Tickets

Use our mobile app to jump straight on board without needing to pick up your paper tickets at the station - it's quick, easy and direct to your mobile! We now offer m-Tickets on numerous routes, and have plans to introduce them across all of our lines in the near future. Click here to find out which routes they are available on and to see our handy m-Ticker user guide. 


Travel is less hassle with our app

You can download the EMT app from all the usual places. And once you’ve logged in or created your East Midlands Trains account, you can book tickets for your next trip. 

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We've introduced m-tickets on selected routes. They are stored in your mobile app so you can skip the queues and jump straight on board the train, without needing to collect paper tickets at the station.

Find out more about our app here


2FOR1 on London attractions 

Did you know you can now enjoy London for a lot less when you travel with East Midlands Trains? We've teamed up with loads of top attractions, including theatres, restaurants, galleries, museums and tours. All you need to do to claim your 2FOR1 is present a valid train ticket issued by National Rail stations and ticket outlets at your chosen attraction. 

If you are making a one way journey or your ticket is valid for one day, you can use your National Rail tickets and offer vouchers only on the day of travel.

If you are making a return journey, you can use your National Rail tickets and offer vouchers any day on or between your outward and return journeys. For example, if you arrived on Thursday and will return on Sunday, your tickets will be considered valid for the offers on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


Kids travel free

Did you know kids under 5 travel free on all our trains? No need to book them a ticket, just hop on board and enjoy your journey as a family.

Children under 5 travel free of charge so you will not have to book a ticket for your child. However, as your child does not require a ticket, you will not be able to make a reservation and therefore a seat cannot be guaranteed. 

Have a look at our recommended destination guides for the popular cities and countryside stops along our route. 


Terms and conditions:

Plan & Save: Advanced tickets are available on the London and Liverpool to Norwich route and are normally available up to 12 weeks in advance to purchase at Please note that from 20th May 2018, there are some exceptions to this due to engineering works. Visit for more information. Subject to availability. Terms, conditions and restrictions apply. Best price ticket alerts: Sign up to our email ticket alerts at to receive emails about when selected Advance tickets become available for sale at Subject to availability. Kid’s travel free: Children under the age of 5 travel free of charge therefore no booking is required; however you will unable to make a reservation and a seat cannot be guaranteed. Subject to availability. Travel is less hassle with our app: Buy tickets on the East Midlands Trains app and collect in station at a ticket machine up to 5 minutes before your train leaves. More comfort. Less Breaks. : 125mph speed maximum speed on HST and Median services, not likely to travel at this speed for the duration of the journey. M- tickets: M-Tickets are only available on Advance or Walk Up Fares to/from selected stations on our network (available from Leicester and Loughborough from 4th June). For full list of stations this is available at visit M-tickets need to be activated in the app before boarding the train. If you are unable to display your m-ticket onboard due to low battery, you will need to purchase a new ticket at the full fare. Terms, conditions and restrictions apply. 2 for 1 attractions: this offer is only open to residents and visitors of the British Isles, aged 16 years or over. One adult (or child) is admitted free of charge when accompanied by one adult who pays the full adult price, unless otherwise stated. The offer is obtained upon presentation of a valid voucher and train tickets. For full terms and conditions, visit Subject to availability. Terms, conditions and restrictions apply.